LETTERS: Some medical advice, a few questions on Biden, remembering Southington’s John DeMello Sr., and a marijuana warning

LETTERS: Some medical advice, a few questions on Biden, remembering Southington’s John DeMello Sr., and a marijuana warning

Medical and moral advice


Capt. Jay Baker, a spokesman for the Atlanta-area Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, appeared to brush off with flippant remarks the murderous shooting spree at three massage parlors last week that left eight people dead, including six Asian women. He told reporters that the young, white suspect who professed to love guns and God was having a “really bad day.” A later apology by the Sheriff’s Office still belies a pervasive culture that marginalizes the impact of violence against minorities.

Might I as a pediatrician offer some medical advice? I reassure the parents of my patients, irrespective of their appearance or beliefs, that I treat their children like I would my own. That was the oath I signed up for. That is the teaching of my Muslim faith. To send a firm warning to all would-be terrorists to desist, law enforcement officials should do as doctors are taught to do for their patients — be the strong voice for the victims as if they were your own kin.

Sohail Husain, MD, North Haven

The writer is a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Commu

A few questions


I remember Muhammad Ali once said, "I`m so fast I can turn off the lights and be in bed before it gets dark." Well, President Biden has him beat. After he answered the last question of the day at his first press conference he bolted the stage in lightning fast speed that would make Ali seem like a turtle. What president has ever used a binder full of notes to guide him through a press conference? The reporters were all hand picked (no Fox News questions) and most likely knew the questions in advance. 

He left so fast, he never said God bless our troops or God bless America, he couldn’t wait to get out of there. All the blame for the crises at the southern border was, of course, Trump’s fault according to Biden. Really? Some of you may have seen those Biden T-shirts worn by the migrants; who paid for those? One last rant: When will VP Harris salute the Marines guarding Air Force Two as she embarks? Is it beyond her? 

Frank Milano Jr., Meriden

ER training program


Recently the Wallingford Fire Department had an Emergency Responder Training program (EMR), that was scheduled beginning of this year. Due to low registration, New Britain Emergency Medical Services had to cancel this training. They say we are living unprecedented times, and folks/friends/neighbors, our local emergency response departments are facing an unprecedented shortage. It is on the shoulders of all of us to ensure that when someone dials 911 in that moment of need, that the call is answered by trained responders.

The leadership of the Wallingford Fire Department has banded together, and collectively we will be offering a new training program that begins April 7th 2021, registration is a must. 

Whether you are interested in the WFD, East Wallingford VFD, North Farms VFD, wherever, this is your chance to start the process of becoming a certified emergency responder and serving your community.

For more information on tuition,scholarships or to register for the training, please call the Wallingford FD headquarters at 203-294-2730, contact Steve Eldridge at seldrige65@gmail.com, or visit www.asecondchancecpr.com. 

Wallingford Volunteer Fire Chiefs Bill Celata and Timothy S. Wall

Dangers of marijuana


In March 2021, the United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control released a report regarding marijuana. This bipartisan panel’s report states that “More must be done to accelerate research related to cannabis, the findings of which can be used to mitigate public health consequences and guide the development of future medications, policy, and legislation.” 

The Senate Caucus’ findings include, among other things, the following:

“[P]ublic health impacts of cannabis use — including those associated with the developing brain, cannabis impaired driving, and increasing THC levels, among others — are not well understood, and research is severely lacking.”  

“[T]he average potency of THC in cannabis products sold in dispensaries is between 18 and 23 percent. The potency of concentrated cannabis products can be up to 80 percent.”

“Risks of physical dependence and unpredictable or adverse reactions, resulting in calls to poison control centers, acute intoxication, cyclical vomiting, emergency room visits, and anxiety may increase as potency increases. Moreover, the potential for these effects to become more prevalent rises as the number of cannabis users increases.”

“Cannabis impaired driving threatens public safety. States have implemented a variety of laws to address this issue. A universal standard to detect cannabis impaired driving does not exist, largely because THC presence in the bloodstream, alone, does not indicate impairment.” (emphasis mine)

The Caucus’ recommendations for all findings can be summarized in two words: more research. 

One needs to read the full report from the bipartisan Senate Caucus report to appreciate the significant amount of thoroughly cited data upon which their findings and recommendations are based. It becomes abundantly clear that legalizing marijuana without the recommended research poses definite health risks to Connecticut citizens — which our Governor and legislators are not talking about.  Below is the link to the full report. https://www.drugcaucus.senate.gov/sites/default/files/02%20March%202021%20-%20Cannabis%20Policy%20Report%20-%20Final.pdf

William Butka, Wallingford

Land vs. rights


Town officials are soon going to be scheduling a referendum for voters to consider purchasing “Development Rights” to the golf course property of the Southington Country Club. The cost of that purchase will be over $4,000,000.

The town’s reason for proposing this particular type of purchase is to prevent the property owners from selling the land for possible development of a multi-lot subdivision sometime in the future. If voters approve the development rights purchase, the property will still remain PRIVATE PROPERTY with no public access, unless residents pay the greens fees or banquet rental costs to use the property.

I would prefer to see the town spend taxpayer monies, especially for such an exorbitant amount, to purchase “open space,” under TOWN ownership, that residents CAN HAVE ACCESS TO for recreational/passive use.

Bob Cosgrove, Southington

In memory of John DeMello Sr.


I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Southington's longtime veteran advocate John DeMello Sr.

As a now-retired outreach specialist for the Veterans Health Administration, I had worked with cities and towns all throughout New England, but John was, by far, the most energetic and committed veterans' officer I had ever seen in my 25-plus years of working in federal government. Having grown up in Southington, it was wonderful to know the town had such an outstanding and superlative public servant.

John understood that it can take several tries and persistence to reach veterans and explain why they should take advantage of all the benefits and services that are out there. A humble and selfless group, many veterans just don’t think they deserve what they have earned through their military service. John made sure they knew.

When I asked John if it were possible to bring the VA’s massive 35-foot mobile vet center vehicle to the Apple Harvest Festival, he said, no problem.  He and the Southington Police Department directed us through Main Street, and, with his help, we had the vehicle parked in front of the Pepper Pot Restaurant on Center Street — right in the middle of all the action! It was one of the most successful outreach events ever in my history of doing outreach work — we helped more than 100 veterans with their benefits in just one weekend.

John was so proud to be from Southington. During my first meeting with John, he showed me the Military Honor Wall in Town Hall, and he told me how important it was for the town to recognize its service members not just on Veteran’s Day but every day. John was a great man and a one-of-a-kind good soul.

John Paradis, Lt. Col., USAF (retired), Florence, MA



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